From the NY Post:
The city's list of tax breaks for homeowners targets the aged, the disabled, military veterans and members of the clergy.
But add a new category: the greedy.
The city, which admitted it doesn't check whether the requests for property-tax exemptions are legit, has awarded at least 45 homeowners four or more tax breaks on claims that the recipient is a cleric and veteran who is disabled and elderly, a Post review found.
And they get a fifth break, under the School Tax Relief Program (STAR), by claiming the property is their primary residence -- all without any proof they're eligible.
A Bronx homeowner, Holman Young, who claimed five tax exemptions, is not disabled or a clergyman, according to his own sister, Geraldine Maheira, who lives with him at 1692 Weeks Ave.
Maheira, who answered the door at Young's home recently, said her brother -- who was traveling out of the country -- is an Army vet.
The gravy train is conducted by the Department of Finance, which has admitted it grants the annual tax breaks on an honor system and does not ask for any documents before giving the handouts.
In fiscal year 2010, the city shelled out $300 million worth of exemptions to roughly 789,600 homeowners.